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Saint Ignatius College Prep to expand athletic facilities

By Igor Studenkov Saint Ignatius College Prep, a co-educational high school at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd., has announced plans to rebuild and expand its athletic facilities. New facilities will be located at 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd., the former site of Provision Theatre across the street from the school, which already has some athletic fields. The […]

Lead in drinking water is problem in city, experts and PERRO charge

By Patrick Butler Chicago may indeed have some of the country’s best drinking water—but only until it reaches the leadened service lines leading to your kitchen or bathroom taps. That warning came from local environmental activists Troy Hernandez of Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO) and Daniel Wahl of Just Design (an environmental justice […]

Ald. Cardenas proposes redevelopment of historic McKinley Park buildings

By Eva Hofmann Alderman George Cardenas of the 12th Ward on June 28 met with McKinley Park residents to discuss a redevelopment project of historic buildings at 2139 and 2159 W. Per-shing Road. Proposed by the developers at Pirhl, the project, known as Parkside Lofts, would repurpose the former manufacturing facilities, which are under review […]

New riverfront park considered for site of shuttered Fisk power plant

By Robert Kingett The City is considering the site of the old Fisk Generating Station on the Chicago River in Pilsen, a coal-fired electric generating plant that closed in 2012, for a new park, called the Throop Street River Park. After Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced the proposal, the City Council unanimously voted to supply $40,000 […]

Disney’s Aladdin: A play to cherish, making you want to watch it again

By Gabriella Valentino From now until Sunday, Sept. 10, Disney’s Aladdin will enchant the whole family at Broadway in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago’s famous theatre district. Join Aladdin as his life is turned upside down when he meets Princess Jasmine. Although a poor man, he is determined to win the princess’ […]

Parking bans to help local residents in South, West Loop

In an effort to preserve parking for local residents and businesses, community groups in the South Loop and West Loop have worked with their aldermanic representatives to establish partial parking bans designed to prevent drivers from outside the area from using day-long free parking. Those “day trippers,” local officials said, take advantage of the street […]

Queen of Peace friends bid farewell to school

Alumnae, Dominican sisters, families, and friends of Queen of Peace High School gathered on June 11 to celebrate the school’s 55-year legacy.    An alumnae choir and interpretive liturgical dancers led the procession as an alumna from each of the 55 years carried a yearbook into the gym. The Rev. Tom Hurley, pastor of Old […]

City removes West Loop recycling bins

Recycling bins had been available to the public for many years at 1517 W. Warren Blvd. at Ashland Ave., a lot where the City of Chicago’s Traffic Management Authority parks its vehicles. The City recently removed the bins. Many area residents want the recycling bins back at southeast corner of the intersection, but the City […]

Two new development plans stir optimism, concern for residents of Near West Side

Developers will begin two major projects in coming months on the Near West Side: a 50-unit expansion of the Roosevelt Square redevelopment project and a 254-unit building in the Medical District Apartments complex.

Gradual conversion of NTA would create new South Loop high school

Just about everybody who packed the June 20 meeting at South Loop Elementary School, 1212 S. Plymouth Ct., agreed the area needs its’ own high school.